Contract for new complex decided

THE LENA Group, based in Leiria, central Portugal, has won the international contest to construct a new sporting complex in Portimão.

The Lena Group beat off  opposition from fellow finalists The Amorim Group and Alexandre Alves, for the contract and envisage constructing a 90 hectare development, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, a 8,500 capacity football stadium, an indoor sports pavilion and a botanical garden.

Before work can begin the Group must present their plans to the Municipal Assembly of Portimão, the Commisão a Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional Algarve (CCDR-Alg) and finally the Council of Ministers, a process likely to take up to a year.

Once approved, the Lena Group estimates the project will take three years and believe the complex will not be ready before 2011.

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